JACKIE ROBINSON'S LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL BOOK by Jackie Robinson

JACKIE ROBINSON'S LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL BOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dedicated to the apple pie virtues of Little League ball, Robinson is less interested in prepping boys for the majors than he is in instilling ""values"" (teamwork, sportsmanship, and courage) for them to ""carry on into the adult world."" A positive attitude (""in baseball as well as in life"") is emphasized throughout, but there is also a good portion of technical advice -- on hitting, running, pitching, catching, infield and outfield play -- that is amiably and encouragingly geared to a 10-to-12-year-old reader-player. The chatty style, laced with anecdotes from his own and others' performances, makes for more pages than many little leaguers will want to plow through, but the arrangement allows them to select the position or skill they want to work on. There's also a chapter for adults, with the needed if familiar plea to parents and managers to deemphasize winning, sympathize rather than push for achievement, etc., and if the view from the pinnacle seems unduly rosy there's no doubt that he means every word of it.

Pub Date: March 3rd, 1972
Publisher: Prentice-Hall